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The members of the committee [on the rights of the child] shall be elected by secret ballot from a list of persons nominated by states parties. Each state party may nominate one person from among its own nationals.

The initial election to the committee shall be held no later than six months after the date of the entry into force of the present Convention and thereafter every second year. At least four months before the date of each election, the secretary-general of the United Nations shall address a letter to states parties inviting them to submit their nominations within two months.

The secretary-general shall subsequently prepare a list in alphabetical order of all persons thus nominated, indicating states parties which have nominated them, and shall submit it to the states parties to the present Convention.

The elections shall be held at meetings of states parties convened by the secretary-general at UN headquarters. At those meetings, for which two thirds of states parties shall constitute a quorum, the persons elected to the committee shall be those who obtain the largest number of votes and an absolute majority of the votes of the representatives of states parties present and voting...

The committee shall establish its own rules of procedure.

The committee shall elect its officers for a period of two years. The meetings of the committee shall normally be held at UN headquarters or at any other convenient place as determined by the committee The committee shall normally meet annually. The duration of the meetings of the committee shall be determined, and reviewed, if necessary, by a meeting of the states parties to the present Convention, subject to the approval of the general assembly.

The UN secretary-general shall provide the necessary staff and facilities for the effective performance of the functions of the committee under the present Convention.

With the approval of the general assembly, the members of the committee established under the present Convention shall receive emoluments from UN resources on such terms and conditions as the assembly may decide.

Article 44: States parties undertake to submit to the committee, through the UN secretary-general, reports on the measures they have adopted which give effect to the rights recognized herein and on the progress made on the enjoyment of those rights:

(a) Within two years of the entry into force of the Convention for the state party concerned;

(b) Thereafter every five years.

Reports made under the present article shall indicate factors and difficulties, if any, affecting the degree of fulfilment of the obligations under the present Convention. Reports shall also contain sufficient information to provide the committee with a comprehensive understanding of the implementation of the Convention in the country concerned.

A state party which has submitted a comprehensive initial report to the committee need not, in its subsequent reports submitted...repeat basic information previously provided.

The committee may request from states parties further information relevant to the implementation of the Convention.

The committee shall submit to the general assembly, through the economic and social council, every two years, reports on its activities.

States parties shall make their reports widely available to the public in their own countries.

Article 45: In order to foster the effective implementation of the Convention and to encourage international co-operation in the field covered by the Convention:

(a) The specialized agencies, the United Nations Children’s Fund, and other UN organs shall be entitled to be represented at the consideration of the implementation of such provisions of the present Convention as fall within the scope of their mandate. The committee may invite the specialized agencies, the UNICEF and other competent bodies as it may consider appropriate to provide expert advice on the implementation of the Convention in areas falling within the scope of their respective mandates. The committee may invite the specialized agencies, the UNICEF and other United Nations organs to submit reports on the implementation of the Convention in areas falling within the scope of their activities;

The committee shall transmit, as it may consider appropriate, to the specialized agencies, the UNICEF and other competent bodies, any reports from states parties that contain a request, or indicate a need, for technical advice or assistance, along with the committee’s observations and suggestions, if any, on these requests or indications...

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